(Enter ELISE carrying a bag.)
ELISE Im sorry Im late.
CARRIE Oh, thats OK.
ELISE Are you all right?
CARRIE Fine, why do you ask?
ELISE Youre sweating a lot.
CARRIE Im fine.
ELISE Something horribles happened. There was a woman in the building I set on fire. Ive always been very careful. I watch out for my boys, you know and make sure no one gets burned or sprains even a fingertip. Its not easy. Its a dangerous job but so far Ive been successful but then some woman dressed like a banker goes into condemned building Im burning down. What was she doing there?
CARRIE So what youre saying is that you burned down the building? The one on the news where the woman was taken out on a stretcher?
ELISE Are you listening to me?
CARRIE Isnt that what you said?
ELISE Of course thats what I said.
CARRIE I just wanted to be sure thats what you said.
ELISE Whats with you?
CARRIE Nothings with me. (Pause) My husband was just here.
ELISE Stop talking about your husband.
CARRIE (Louder) I enjoy talking about my husband. I am fascinated by all topics related to my HUSBAND.
ELISE Can we get back to the session?
CARRIE Yes, I . . . What does a cockatoo sound like?
ELISE I dont think I should come here anymore.
CARRIE You dont?
ELISE I dont think youre helping me.
CARRIE Of course I am. You really dont think Im helping you.
ELISE Well, Im still setting fires.
CARRIE But youre in a relationship now. Thats going well.
ELISE Only because I lie to him when he brings up his arson investigations.
CARRIE Sure, but apart from t hat, its going well isnt it? I mean we all have our secrets. KUH KAW!!
ELISE What are you doing?
CARRIE KAW KAW! COCK A DOODLE DOO!!
ELISE Stop that.
CARRIE Sorry. Im going to go into the hall for a minute.
ELISE Whats goin on?
ELISE The cops are out there, arent they?
CARRIE I told you to stop setting fires. I warned you. I told you someone would get hurt.
ELISE You bitch!
(ELISE slaps CARRIE.)
CARRIE Ow. Help!
ELISE Where are they? In the hallway? You cant hear anything in the hallway. Otherwise all your patients would know all the other patients secrets.
CARRIE I know, but, HELP!
ELISE Stop that.
CARRIE Someone has to stop you.
ELISE Well, it wont be you.
(ELISE takes a gas can from her bag and starts pouring gas in a line on the floor.)
CARRIE My rug! What are you doing?
ELISE What do you think Im doing?
CARRIE This is my office.
ELISE Youre fired.
(ELISE lights a match and throw it on the ground which goes up in flames*)
(CARRIE stands there a moment in shock while ELISE climbs out the window.)
(CARRIE then runs into the hall screaming. A few seconds later GARY TOMMY and JIMMY burst into the room followed by CARRIE. GARY has an extinguisher and puts out the fire.)
GARY Whered she go?
CARRIE Down the fire escape.